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Browns RB Dion Lewis Breaks Leg Against Lions

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Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images.
Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images.

Cleveland Browns backup RB Dion Lewis fractured his fibula earlier tonight in the team’s preseason matchup against the Detroit Lions, according to Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Lewis had to be helped off the field following the injury midway through the third quarter, and he’s in danger of missing the entire 2013 season. While there’s hope that he’ll be able to return at some point late in the season, things are looking bleak for him right now.

The fifth-round pick out of the 2011 draft was entering his third year in the league, and he was starting fresh with the Browns after two seasons in Philadelphia. With Montario Hardesty out, Lewis was widely expected to backup incumbent starting RB Trent Richardson.

Lewis has shined in training camp, and he’s played well throughout the preseason. While he was limited on the ground last week against the St. Louis Rams, he managed 22 receiving yards and a touchdown on three receptions. He was also having a strong game tonight, running for 33 yards on five carries and adding another 15 yards through the air on four receptions.

This is just an unfortunate incident for Lewis, and we can only hope he makes a full recovery.